iPhone 4 review

iPhone 4 review

My task today is very simple and difficult at the same time. You could already read on our website the material following the recent presentation of the iPhone 4, here is the link:

Last week I published an article about iOS 4, where I talk about the features of the updated operating system.

And yet, the article "Mixture about bumpers" also appeared, as they say, in the subject. After all, this same bumper, as it turned out, not only protects the ends of the device, but also prevents signal loss. This is the right accessory. In the "mixture" I forgot to say that Apple Socks is also, to some extent, a forced topic, because the socks protected the body of the players from scratches. Dual purpose. With bumpers – exactly the same story.

Accordingly, in this material I can only talk about the device itself, without touching the operating system. Although a few words will also have to be said about her. To better understand where the legs of the iPhone 4 grow from, you can also read an article about the iPhone 3Gs, I wrote a detailed review in the fall.

Design and construction

The new iPhone is no match for the iPhone 3Gs, the successor to the plastic tradition of the iPhone 3G. Everything that was said at the presentation by the head of Apple is the absolute truth. And I have something to say about this.

We are accustomed to seeing that steel, glass, special colors are the lot of expensive fashion devices. Some manufacturers, introducing new material, do not care about functionality. Whether Vertu is at least three times the most beautiful, in fact it is a simple phone for calls, and nothing more. I like Vertu, and I don't hide it, they don't joke around here and they make really great handsets.

But the iPhone 4 is something special. None of the "functional" devices on the market has such an alloy of image and functionality. You know, you take it out of the box and understand once again – Apple designers do not eat their bread in vain. Metal edging with antenna holes, a sore point, but beauty requires sacrifice. Glass front and back. Very neat volume buttons, a nice clicky Mute lever, a tight but accurate sleep button. Speakers covered with mesh – and every time you look at it, you feel moral satisfaction. While in Russia, the prices for the iPhone 4 are outrageous. But in England or France, the device costs quite comparable to some Nokia N900. What to choose – let everyone decide for himself.

There seems to be nothing left of the old "iPhone", but the continuity is felt, starting from the Home button and ending with the characteristic contours of the body. The new representative of the family is heavier, it lies perfectly in the hand – a thing. Naturally, when talking in the current heat, sweat perfectly covers the front panel, but there is an oleophobic coating here, which allows you to bring the device into a divine appearance in a second.

Dimensions are 115.2×58.6×9.3 mm, weight 137 grams. With a bumper, the dimensions increase slightly. By the way, let's talk about this accessory. I got a black bumper, as you can see, the buttons are made in the same way as on the device itself. Plastic sides, inside silicone substrate. The holes line up with those on the phone, the volume doesn't change, and the Mute is easily accessible, although it does take some getting used to the new location and size at first. In the photographs, the bumpers look more beautiful than in real life, but given their unexpected main task (to prevent the device from losing signal) – it is quite acceptable. And the perception of the device does not affect much. It seemed to me that the accessory does not sit on the case like a glove, there is a slight play on the side parts.

Display

The so-called Retina display, resolution 960×640 pixels, diagonal 3.5 inches. If Super AMOLED takes brightness, then the "retina" captivates with some composure. It looks like the picture is drawn. Viewing angles are incredible. As is saturation. Naturally, the new display not only looks better, but also expands the functionality to some extent. Browsing sites, working with mail, YouTube has become more convenient, and it suits perfectly for videos. As in all previous iPhones, working with the touch screen is intuitive, multitouch works quickly and accurately, I didn’t notice any yellow spots on this sample – it’s kind of like another well-known “bug” of the iPhone 4. Some glue didn’t dry there then.

Yes, the display behaves well in the sun, it fades a little, but the information is readable.

Performance

I compared the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 3Gs in a very simple way – by running different applications. Here is the result:

  • YouTube, devices launch app equally fast, but videos load a second (and sometimes more) faster on iPhone 4
  • AppStore, the same picture, processing uploaded data faster by a second or two on iPhone 4
  • GoogleMaps, here's another story, loading takes much longer on iPhone 4
  • Guerilla Bob game, iPhone 4 runs it twice as fast
  • Mail, I downloaded an email with an attachment (PDF) for testing purposes, loading times are the same

It's true that the iPhone 4 seems to be slightly faster than the iPhone 3Gs, but it's not as much of a gap as there was between 3Gs and plain 3G. In any case, the novelty is productive enough for both games and simple tasks. For example, the keyboard and contacts open really instantly, and the search for the desired subscriber is just as fast.

Speaker and sound

Still, the first impression is deceptive. The new device is not to say that it is much louder than the iPhone 3Gs. Some melodies, especially preset ones (such as my favorite "cricket"), can be heard even in hell. But in general, it's not about volume, there is a stereo effect. Like the display, the sound has become richer.

I also tried to check the sound quality in the headphones, I used an Apple headset that was not included in the kit. Included, by the way, is an old woman from the past, a little bit uncomfortable, but there is a remote control and volume buttons. Suitable for the countryside. So, WARNING – iPhone 4 is much louder than 3Gs! About fifteen to twenty percent. It's hard to listen at maximum values, ears curl up. Yes, and the sound quality seemed much better to me, I didn’t play with equalizers, but the detailing came from somewhere. No, it's not an audiophile player, but it's not the age-old iPod either. Better, cooler, louder.

microSIM

I should tell you that you can already find micro SIM cards on sale from some operators, but I solved the problem radically and ended up spending a couple of fun hours. The trouble came from where it was not expected. Previously, I have not been involved in the manufacture of such cards, so I want to tell you in advance – stock up on unnecessary "sim cards" or ask to cut out a seller's card (or look for ready-made solutions on sale).

You will need a regular SIM card, scissors, a ruler, and a scratch paper to adjust the size. Please note that the card must be placed in the slot with the contacts down and the corner cut off on the same side as the large card. Your task is simple: cut the contacts in such a way that only they are visible in the gap of the slot and the amount of plastic up to the sides is the same.

After training on two cards, I managed to achieve the correct result.

And you need all this to activate the device. ALWAYS check if a PIN code is set on the card, if it is activated, this is important. In principle, if you buy an adapter for "microsim", then later you can use it with devices that have a regular slot, this accessory costs a penny and is still popular. For now – because soon, I hope, microSIMs will be sold on every corner.

After activating iPhone 4, you need to connect it to a computer with iTunes installed, select an Apple ID, set it up as a new iPhone, or restore from a backup. I set it up as new, when using MobileMe, all contacts, email accounts, bookmarks, etc. are automatically synced, very convenient.

I'll say right away that my sample was brought from England, it can work with any SIM card. The same devices (“sim-free”) can be bought in France. True, it is rather difficult to do this now, there is a shortage – in Russia there are also many fans of Apple and the iPhone 4 in particular.

Opening hours

You can safely keep silent about the declared figures, since everyone uses the device very differently. After the purchase, one of the owners charged the phone and walked with it, constantly doing something, for about a day.

I think it makes sense to walk around with the iPhone 4 a little, at least for a week, and then update this information. I suppose that the operating time of the device will pleasantly surprise me, there are suspicions that in a more or less calm mode it can last a couple of days. It's just that with 3Gs you can almost see for yourself how the green bar of the charge indicator decreases before your eyes. On the iPhone 4, you don’t need to especially monitor it.

Camera

Five-megapixel camera, digital zoom (unnecessary if you don't want to ruin your shots), focusing on the area where you literally poke your finger. I invite you to take a look at the photos yourself. I shot quickly, I really lack stabilization – it's not good as expected. Although when viewed on the device, the frames look very good. The video is better, but you shouldn't expect anything special – you can download and watch the video yourself.

The result – the camera is far from the best here.

Sample camera shots:

Conclusions

You may ask, why so little? The answer is at the very beginning of the material, a lot has already been said about it in advance. Yes, and I want to stretch the pleasure and treat myself and you with a detailed story about the operation of the iPhone 4 for some time. What did you like. What did not like. How is it in general, and all that.

At the moment in Russia, the market is slowly saturated with free iPhone 4 carriers, prices from 95 to 110 thousand rubles, there will be a fall, but then there will be a new rise. For in England and France they cannot cope with the influx of Russian tourists. A bumper on Gorbushka costs from five to ten thousand.

Should I buy an iPhone 4 in Russia now? Unless one of your friends is flying to Europe and is ready to provide you with such a service. If you want to have an apparatus right here and now, like the head of our country, go ahead, prepare coins.

By the way, the PR turned out great. Happiness for those who sell "gray" goods.

But let's get back to reality from a hundred thousand for an iPhone. Sales in our country may begin in the fall. There may even be subsidies from some operator. The price, quite possibly, will be similar to the "price" of the current 3Gs. Thirty-five thousand for the 32GB variant. In my opinion, even such a price would still be quite nothing. I liked it in iPhone 4:

  • Design, materials, build, feel in the hand are beyond praise
  • Good display
  • The device is fast, just have time to “tap” on the display
  • Good sound quality
  • A huge number of programs for all occasions
  • iOS 4 with multitasking and more
  • Must be great to use FaceTime, I haven't tried it yet
  • Long range Wi-Fi, 802.11n support
  • Thanks to the gyroscope, the control of many games has simply changed. For the better. I deliberately did not focus on this in the review, I did not notice any particular difference with existing games

This is perhaps the main thing. Now for the cons:

  • I did not feel a breakthrough regarding the camera, it's great to look at the pictures on the display of the device. Video is the same situation. But definitely better than before
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, file transfer profiles still not supported
  • No built-in software for working with documents, they could give iWork for free
  • The light sensor sometimes does not work quite correctly
  • For many, the minus is the closeness of the device, the lack of support for common audio and video formats. With audio, okay, let it be, but there is an excellent display and processor. Well, why not give users the opportunity to turn their “avishki” without conversion. No, great again – torrents, iPhone 4 video search, let's go. Tired
  • Short headset included. It is clear that metal and glass are worth something, and you need to make money on accessories. But after all, complete “pills” are terribly inconvenient!

Overall, the iPhone 4 doesn't leave a "we've tried this before, it's great again, it's already boring" flavor. Plastic is not. Brakes – no. It costs more than acceptable in other countries. You can’t even talk about feelings: those who feel the world with their hands will fall in love with the body, speed will cause extremely positive emotions for neurasthenics and cocaine addicts (yes, the phone is on speed, class), big-eyed people will get high from the display. And even the smell, even the great smell of NEW TECHNOLOGY Apple is selected with exceptional taste.

iPhone 4 review

My task today is very simple and difficult at the same time. You could already read on our website the material following the recent presentation of the iPhone 4, here is the link:

Last week I published an article about iOS 4, where I talk about the features of the updated operating system.

And yet, the article "Mixture about bumpers" also appeared, as they say, in the subject. After all, this same bumper, as it turned out, not only protects the ends of the device, but also prevents signal loss. This is the right accessory. In the "mixture" I forgot to say that Apple Socks is also, to some extent, a forced topic, because the socks protected the body of the players from scratches. Dual purpose. With bumpers – exactly the same story.

Accordingly, in this material I can only talk about the device itself, without touching the operating system. Although a few words will also have to be said about her. To better understand where the legs of the iPhone 4 grow from, you can also read an article about the iPhone 3Gs, I wrote a detailed review in the fall.

Design and construction

The new iPhone is no match for the iPhone 3Gs, the successor to the plastic tradition of the iPhone 3G. Everything that was said at the presentation by the head of Apple is the absolute truth. And I have something to say about this.

We are accustomed to seeing that steel, glass, special colors are the lot of expensive fashion devices. Some manufacturers, introducing new material, do not care about functionality. Whether Vertu is at least three times the most beautiful, in fact it is a simple phone for calls, and nothing more. I like Vertu, and I don't hide it, they don't joke around here and they make really great handsets.

But the iPhone 4 is something special. None of the "functional" devices on the market has such an alloy of image and functionality. You know, you take it out of the box and you understand once again – Apple designers do not eat their bread in vain. Metal edging with antenna holes, a sore point, but beauty requires sacrifice. Glass front and back. Very neat volume buttons, a nice clicky Mute lever, a tight but accurate sleep button. Speakers covered with nets – and every time you look at it, you feel moral satisfaction. While in Russia, the prices for the iPhone 4 are outrageous. But in England or France, the device costs quite comparable to some Nokia N900. What to choose – let everyone decide for himself.

There seems to be nothing left of the old "iPhone", but the continuity is felt, starting from the Home button and ending with the characteristic contours of the body. The new representative of the family is heavier, it lies perfectly in the hand – a thing. Naturally, when talking in the current heat, sweat perfectly covers the front panel, but there is an oleophobic coating here, which allows you to bring the device into a divine appearance in a second.

Dimensions are 115.2×58.6×9.3 mm, weight 137 grams. With a bumper, the dimensions increase slightly. By the way, let's talk about this accessory. I got a black bumper, as you can see, the buttons are made in the same way as on the device itself. Plastic sides, inside silicone substrate. The holes line up with those on the phone, the volume doesn't change, and the Mute is easily accessible, although it does take some getting used to the new location and size at first. In the photographs, the bumpers look more beautiful than in real life, but given their unexpected main task (to prevent the device from losing signal) – it is quite acceptable. And the perception of the device does not affect much. It seemed to me that the accessory does not sit on the case like a glove, there is a slight play on the side parts.

Display

The so-called Retina display, resolution 960×640 pixels, diagonal 3.5 inches. If Super AMOLED takes brightness, then the "retina" captivates with some composure. It looks like the picture is drawn. Viewing angles are incredible. As is saturation. Naturally, the new display not only looks better, but also expands the functionality to some extent. Browsing sites, working with mail, YouTube has become more convenient, and it suits perfectly for videos. As in all previous iPhones, working with the touch screen is intuitive, multitouch works quickly and accurately, I didn’t notice any yellow spots on this sample – it’s kind of like another well-known “bug” of the iPhone 4. Some glue didn’t dry there then.

Yes, the display behaves well in the sun, it fades a little, but the information is readable.

Performance

I compared the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 3Gs in a very simple way – by running different applications. Here is the result:

  • YouTube, devices launch app equally fast, but videos load a second (and sometimes more) faster on iPhone 4
  • AppStore, the same picture, processing uploaded data faster by a second or two on iPhone 4
  • GoogleMaps, here's another story, loading takes much longer on iPhone 4
  • Guerilla Bob game, iPhone 4 runs it twice as fast
  • Mail, I downloaded an email with an attachment (PDF) for testing purposes, loading times are the same

It's true that the iPhone 4 seems to be slightly faster than the iPhone 3Gs, but it's not as much of a gap as there was between 3Gs and plain 3G. In any case, the novelty is productive enough for both games and simple tasks. For example, the keyboard and contacts open really instantly, and the search for the desired subscriber is just as fast.

Speaker and sound

Still, the first impression is deceptive. The new device is not to say that it is much louder than the iPhone 3Gs. Some melodies, especially preset ones (such as my favorite "cricket"), can be heard even in hell. But in general, it's not about volume, there is a stereo effect. Like the display, the sound has become richer.

I also tried to check the sound quality in the headphones, I used an Apple headset that was not included in the kit. Included, by the way, is an old woman from the past, a little bit uncomfortable, but there is a remote control and volume buttons. Suitable for the countryside. So, WARNING – iPhone 4 is much louder than 3Gs! About fifteen to twenty percent. It's hard to listen at maximum values, ears curl up. Yes, and the sound quality seemed much better to me, I didn’t play with equalizers, but the detailing came from somewhere. No, it's not an audiophile player, but it's not the age-old iPod either. Better, cooler, louder.

microSIM

I should tell you that you can already find micro SIM cards on sale from some operators, but I solved the problem radically and ended up spending a couple of fun hours. The trouble came from where it was not expected. Previously, I have not been involved in the manufacture of such cards, so I want to tell you in advance – stock up on unnecessary "sim cards" or ask to cut out a seller's card (or look for ready-made solutions on sale).

You need a regular SIM card, scissors, a ruler, and a scratch paper to adjust the size. Please note that the card must be placed in the slot with the contacts down and the corner cut off on the same side as the large card. Your task is simple: cut the contacts in such a way that only they are visible in the gap of the slot and the amount of plastic up to the sides is the same.

After training on two cards, I managed to achieve the correct result.

And you need all this to activate the device. ALWAYS check if a PIN code is set on the card, if it is activated, this is important. In principle, if you buy an adapter for "microsim", then later you can use it with devices that have a regular slot, this accessory costs a penny and is still popular. For now – because soon, I hope, microSIMs will be sold on every corner.

After activating iPhone 4, you need to connect it to a computer with iTunes installed, select an Apple ID, set it up as a new iPhone, or restore from a backup. I set it up as new, when using MobileMe, all contacts, email accounts, bookmarks, etc. are automatically synced, very convenient.

I'll say right away that my sample was brought from England, it can work with any SIM card. The same devices (“sim-free”) can be bought in France. True, it is rather difficult to do this now, there is a shortage – in Russia there are also many fans of Apple and the iPhone 4 in particular.

Opening hours

You can safely keep silent about the declared figures, since everyone uses the device very differently. After the purchase, one of the owners charged the phone and walked with it, constantly doing something, for about a day.

I think it makes sense to walk around with the iPhone 4 a little, at least for a week, and then update this information. I suppose that the operating time of the device will pleasantly surprise me, there are suspicions that in a more or less calm mode it can last a couple of days. It's just that with 3Gs you can almost see for yourself how the green bar of the charge indicator decreases before your eyes. On the iPhone 4, you don’t need to especially monitor it.

Camera

Five-megapixel camera, digital zoom (unnecessary if you don't want to ruin your shots), focusing on the area where you literally poke your finger. I invite you to take a look at the photos yourself. I shot quickly, I really lack stabilization – it's not good as expected. Although when viewed on the device, the frames look very good. The video is better, but you shouldn't expect anything special – you can download and watch the video yourself.

The result – the camera is far from the best here.

Sample camera shots:

Conclusions

You may ask, why so little? The answer is at the very beginning of the material, a lot has already been said about it in advance. Yes, and I want to stretch the pleasure and treat myself and you with a detailed story about the operation of the iPhone 4 for some time. What did you like. What did not like. How is it in general, and all that.

At the moment in Russia, the market is slowly saturated with free iPhone 4 carriers, prices from 95 to 110 thousand rubles, there will be a fall, but then there will be a new rise. For in England and France they cannot cope with the influx of Russian tourists. A bumper on Gorbushka costs from five to ten thousand.

Should I buy an iPhone 4 in Russia now? Unless one of your friends is flying to Europe and is ready to provide you with such a service. If you want to have an apparatus right here and now, like the head of our country, go ahead, prepare coins.

By the way, the PR turned out great. Happiness for those who sell "gray" goods.

But let's get back to reality from a hundred thousand for an iPhone. Sales in our country may begin in the fall. There may even be subsidies from some operator. The price, quite possibly, will be similar to the "price" of the current 3Gs. Thirty-five thousand for the 32GB variant. In my opinion, even such a price would still be quite nothing. I liked it in iPhone 4:

  • Design, materials, build, feel in the hand are beyond praise
  • Good display
  • The device is fast, just have time to “tap” on the display
  • Good sound quality
  • A huge number of programs for all occasions
  • iOS 4 with multitasking and more
  • Must be great to use FaceTime, I haven't tried it yet
  • Long range Wi-Fi, 802.11n support
  • Thanks to the gyroscope, the control of many games has simply changed. For the better. I deliberately did not focus on this in the review, I did not notice any particular difference with existing games

This is perhaps the main thing. Now for the cons:

  • I did not feel a breakthrough regarding the camera, it's great to look at the pictures on the display of the device. Video is the same situation. But definitely better than before
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, file transfer profiles still not supported
  • No built-in software for working with documents, they could give iWork for free
  • The light sensor sometimes does not work quite correctly
  • For many, the minus is the closeness of the device, the lack of support for common audio and video formats. With audio, okay, let it be, but there is an excellent display and processor. Well, why not give users the opportunity to turn their “avishki” without conversion. No, great again – torrents, iPhone 4 video search, let's go. Tired
  • Short headset included. It is clear that metal and glass are worth something, and you need to make money on accessories. But after all, complete “pills” are terribly inconvenient!

Overall, the iPhone 4 doesn't leave a "we've tried this before, it's great again, it's already boring" flavor. Plastic is not. Brakes – no. It costs more than acceptable in other countries. You can’t even talk about feelings: those who feel the world with their hands will fall in love with the body, speed will cause extremely positive emotions for neurasthenics and cocaine addicts (yes, the phone is on speed, class), big-eyed people will get high from the display. And even the smell, even the great smell of NEW TECHNOLOGY Apple is selected with exceptional taste.

iPhone 4 review

My task today is very simple and difficult at the same time. You could already read on our website the material following the recent presentation of the iPhone 4, here is the link:

Last week I published an article about iOS 4, where I talk about the features of the updated operating system.

And yet, the article "Mixture about bumpers" also appeared, as they say, in the subject. After all, this same bumper, as it turned out, not only protects the ends of the device, but also prevents signal loss. This is the right accessory. In the "mixture" I forgot to say that Apple Socks is also, to some extent, a forced topic, because the socks protected the body of the players from scratches. Dual purpose. With bumpers – exactly the same story.

Accordingly, in this material I can only talk about the device itself, without touching the operating system. Although a few words will also have to be said about her. To better understand where the legs of the iPhone 4 grow from, you can also read an article about the iPhone 3Gs, I wrote a detailed review in the fall.

Design and construction

The new iPhone is no match for the iPhone 3Gs, the successor to the plastic tradition of the iPhone 3G. Everything that was said at the presentation by the head of Apple is the absolute truth. And I have something to say about this.

We are accustomed to seeing that steel, glass, special colors are the lot of expensive fashion devices. Some manufacturers, introducing new material, do not care about functionality. Whether Vertu is at least three times the most beautiful, in fact it is a simple phone for calls, and nothing more. I like Vertu, and I don't hide it, they don't joke around here and they make really great handsets.

But the iPhone 4 is something special. None of the "functional" devices on the market has such an alloy of image and functionality. You know, you take it out of the box and you understand once again – Apple designers do not eat their bread in vain. Metal edging with antenna holes, a sore point, but beauty requires sacrifice. Glass front and back. Very neat volume buttons, a nice clicky Mute lever, a tight but accurate sleep button. Speakers covered with nets – and every time you look at it, you feel moral satisfaction. While in Russia, the prices for the iPhone 4 are outrageous. But in England or France, the device costs quite comparable to some Nokia N900. What to choose – let everyone decide for himself.

There seems to be nothing left of the old "iPhone", but the continuity is felt, starting from the Home button and ending with the characteristic contours of the body. The new representative of the family is heavier, it lies perfectly in the hand – a thing. Naturally, when talking in the current heat, sweat perfectly covers the front panel, but there is an oleophobic coating here, which allows you to bring the device into a divine appearance in a second.

Dimensions are 115.2×58.6×9.3 mm, weight 137 grams. With a bumper, the dimensions increase slightly. By the way, let's talk about this accessory. I got a black bumper, as you can see, the buttons are made in the same way as on the device itself. Plastic sides, inside silicone substrate. The holes line up with those on the phone, the volume doesn't change, and the Mute is easily accessible, although it does take some getting used to the new location and size at first. In the photographs, the bumpers look more beautiful than in real life, but given their unexpected main task (to prevent the device from losing signal) – it is quite acceptable. And the perception of the device does not affect much. It seemed to me that the accessory does not sit on the case like a glove, there is a slight play on the side parts.

Display

The so-called Retina display, resolution 960×640 pixels, diagonal 3.5 inches. If Super AMOLED takes brightness, then the "retina" captivates with some composure. It looks like the picture is drawn. Viewing angles are incredible. As is saturation. Naturally, the new display not only looks better, but also expands the functionality to some extent. Browsing sites, working with mail, YouTube has become more convenient, and it suits perfectly for videos. As in all previous iPhones, working with the touch screen is intuitive, multitouch works quickly and accurately, I didn’t notice any yellow spots on this sample – it’s kind of like another well-known “bug” of the iPhone 4. Some glue didn’t dry there then.

Yes, the display behaves well in the sun, it fades a little, but the information is readable.

Performance

I compared the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 3Gs in a very simple way – by running different applications. Here is the result:

  • YouTube, devices launch app equally fast, but videos load a second (and sometimes more) faster on iPhone 4
  • AppStore, the same picture, processing uploaded data faster by a second or two on iPhone 4
  • GoogleMaps, here's another story, loading takes much longer on iPhone 4
  • Guerilla Bob game, iPhone 4 runs it twice as fast
  • Mail, I downloaded an email with an attachment (PDF) for testing purposes, loading times are the same

It's true that the iPhone 4 seems to be slightly faster than the iPhone 3Gs, but it's not as much of a gap as there was between 3Gs and plain 3G. In any case, the novelty is productive enough for both games and simple tasks. For example, the keyboard and contacts open really instantly, and the search for the desired subscriber is just as fast.

Speaker and sound

Still, the first impression is deceptive. The new device is not to say that it is much louder than the iPhone 3Gs. Some melodies, especially preset ones (such as my favorite "cricket"), can be heard even in hell. But in general, it's not about volume, there is a stereo effect. Like the display, the sound has become richer.

I also tried to check the sound quality in the headphones, I used an Apple headset that was not included in the kit. Included, by the way, is an old woman from the past, a little bit uncomfortable, but there is a remote control and volume buttons. Suitable for the countryside. So, WARNING – iPhone 4 is much louder than 3Gs! About fifteen to twenty percent. It's hard to listen at maximum values, ears curl up. Yes, and the sound quality seemed much better to me, I didn’t play with equalizers, but the detailing came from somewhere. No, it's not an audiophile player, but it's not the age-old iPod either. Better, cooler, louder.

microSIM

I should tell you that you can already find micro SIM cards on sale from some operators, but I solved the problem radically and ended up spending a couple of fun hours. The trouble came from where it was not expected. Previously, I have not been involved in the manufacture of such cards, so I want to tell you in advance – stock up on unnecessary "sim cards" or ask to cut out a seller's card (or look for ready-made solutions on sale).

You will need a regular SIM card, scissors, a ruler, and a scratch paper to adjust the size. Please note that the card must be placed in the slot with the contacts down and the corner cut off on the same side as the large card. Your task is simple: cut the contacts in such a way that only they are visible in the gap of the slot and the amount of plastic up to the sides is the same.

After training on two cards, I managed to achieve the correct result.

And you need all this to activate the device. ALWAYS check if a PIN code is set on the card, if it is activated, this is important. In principle, if you buy an adapter for "microsim", then later you can use it with devices that have a regular slot, this accessory costs a penny and is still popular. For now – because soon, I hope, microSIMs will be sold on every corner.

After activating iPhone 4, you need to connect it to a computer with iTunes installed, select an Apple ID, set it up as a new iPhone, or restore from a backup. I set it up as new, when using MobileMe, all contacts, email accounts, bookmarks, etc. are automatically synced, very convenient.

I'll say right away that my sample was brought from England, it can work with any SIM card. The same devices (“sim-free”) can be bought in France. True, it is rather difficult to do this now, there is a shortage – in Russia there are also many fans of Apple and the iPhone 4 in particular.

Opening hours

You can safely keep silent about the declared figures, since everyone uses the device very differently. After the purchase, one of the owners charged the phone and walked with it, constantly doing something, for about a day.

I think it makes sense to walk around with the iPhone 4 a little, at least for a week, and then update this information. I suppose that the operating time of the device will pleasantly surprise me, there are suspicions that in a more or less calm mode it can last a couple of days. It's just that with 3Gs you can almost see for yourself how the green bar of the charge indicator decreases before your eyes. On the iPhone 4, you don’t need to especially monitor it.

Camera

Five-megapixel camera, digital zoom (unnecessary if you don't want to ruin your shots), focusing on the area where you literally poke your finger. I invite you to take a look at the photos yourself. I shot quickly, I really lack stabilization – it's not good as expected. Although when viewed on the device, the frames look very good. The video is better, but you shouldn't expect anything special – you can download and watch the video yourself.

The result – the camera is far from the best here.

Sample camera shots:

Conclusions

You may ask, why so little? The answer is at the very beginning of the material, a lot has already been said about it in advance. Yes, and I want to stretch the pleasure and treat myself and you with a detailed story about the operation of the iPhone 4 for some time. What did you like. What did not like. How is it in general, and all that.

At the moment in Russia, the market is slowly saturated with free iPhone 4 carriers, prices from 95 to 110 thousand rubles, there will be a fall, but then there will be a new rise. For in England and France they cannot cope with the influx of Russian tourists. A bumper on Gorbushka costs from five to ten thousand.

Should I buy an iPhone 4 in Russia now? Unless one of your friends is flying to Europe and is ready to provide you with such a service. If you want to have an apparatus right here and now, like the head of our country, go ahead, prepare coins.

By the way, the PR turned out great. Happiness for those who sell "gray" goods.

But let's get back to reality from a hundred thousand for an iPhone. Sales in our country may begin in the fall. There may even be subsidies from some operator. The price, quite possibly, will be similar to the "price" of the current 3Gs. Thirty-five thousand for the 32GB variant. In my opinion, even such a price would still be quite nothing. I liked it in iPhone 4:

  • Design, materials, build, feel in the hand are beyond praise
  • Good display
  • The device is fast, just have time to “tap” on the display
  • Good sound quality
  • A huge number of programs for all occasions
  • iOS 4 with multitasking and more
  • Must be great to use FaceTime, I haven't tried it yet
  • Long range Wi-Fi, 802.11n support
  • Thanks to the gyroscope, the control of many games has simply changed. For the better. I deliberately did not focus on this in the review, I did not notice any particular difference with existing games

This is perhaps the main thing. Now for the cons:

  • I did not feel a breakthrough regarding the camera, it's great to look at the pictures on the display of the device. Video is the same situation. But definitely better than before
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, file transfer profiles still not supported
  • No built-in software for working with documents, they could give iWork for free
  • The light sensor sometimes does not work quite correctly
  • For many, the minus is the closeness of the device, the lack of support for common audio and video formats. With audio, okay, let it be, but there is an excellent display and processor. Well, why not give users the opportunity to turn their “avishki” without conversion. No, great again – torrents, iPhone 4 video search, let's go. Tired
  • Short headset included. It is clear that metal and glass are worth something, and you need to make money on accessories. But after https://tonaton.com all, complete “pills” are terribly inconvenient!

Overall, the iPhone 4 doesn't leave a "we've tried this before, it's great again, it's already boring" flavor. Plastic is not. Brakes – no. It costs more than acceptable in other countries. You can’t even talk about feelings: those who feel the world with their hands will fall in love with the body, speed will cause extremely positive emotions for neurasthenics and cocaine addicts (yes, the phone is on speed, class), big-eyed people will get high from the display. And even the smell, even the great smell of NEW TECHNOLOGY Apple is selected with exceptional taste.

iPhone 4 review

My task today is very simple and difficult at the same time. You could already read on our website the material following the recent presentation of the iPhone 4, here is the link:

Last week I published an article about iOS 4, where I talk about the features of the updated operating system.

And yet, the article "Mixture about bumpers" also appeared, as they say, in the subject. After all, this same bumper, as it turned out, not only protects the ends of the device, but also prevents signal loss. This is the right accessory. In the "mixture" I forgot to say that Apple Socks is also, to some extent, a forced topic, because the socks protected the body of the players from scratches. Dual purpose. With bumpers – exactly the same story.

Accordingly, in this material I can only talk about the device itself, without touching the operating system. Although a few words will also have to be said about her. To better understand where the legs of the iPhone 4 grow from, you can also read an article about the iPhone 3Gs, I wrote a detailed review in the fall.

Design and construction

The new iPhone is no match for the iPhone 3Gs, the successor to the plastic tradition of the iPhone 3G. Everything that was said at the presentation by the head of Apple is the absolute truth. And I have something to say about this.

We are accustomed to seeing that steel, glass, special colors are the lot of expensive fashion devices. Some manufacturers, introducing new material, do not care about functionality. Whether Vertu is at least three times the most beautiful, in fact it is a simple phone for calls, and nothing more. I like Vertu, and I don't hide it, they don't joke around here and they make really great handsets.

But the iPhone 4 is something special. None of the "functional" devices on the market has such an alloy of image and functionality. You know, you take it out of the box and understand once again – Apple designers do not eat their bread in vain. Metal edging with antenna holes, a sore point, but beauty requires sacrifice. Glass front and back. Very neat volume buttons, a nice clicky Mute lever, a tight but accurate sleep button. Speakers covered with mesh – and every time you look at it, you feel moral satisfaction. While in Russia, the prices for the iPhone 4 are outrageous. But in England or France, the device costs quite comparable to some Nokia N900. What to choose – let everyone decide for himself.

There seems to be nothing left of the old "iPhone", but the continuity is felt, starting from the Home button and ending with the characteristic contours of the case. The new representative of the family is heavier, it lies perfectly in the hand – a thing. Naturally, when talking in the current heat, sweat perfectly covers the front panel, but there is an oleophobic coating here, which allows you to bring the device into a divine appearance in a second.

Dimensions are 115.2×58.6×9.3 mm, weight 137 grams. With a bumper, the dimensions increase slightly. By the way, let's talk about this accessory. I got a black bumper, as you can see, the buttons are made in the same way as on the device itself. Plastic sides, inside silicone substrate. The holes line up with those on the phone, the volume doesn't change, and the Mute is easily accessible, though it does take getting used to the new location and size at first. In the photographs, the bumpers look more beautiful than in real life, but given their unexpected main task (to prevent the device from losing signal) – it is quite acceptable. And the perception of the device does not affect much. It seemed to me that the accessory does not sit on the case like a glove, there is a slight play on the side parts.

Display

The so-called Retina display, resolution 960×640 pixels, diagonal 3.5 inches. If Super AMOLED takes brightness, then the "retina" captivates with some composure. It looks like the picture is drawn. Viewing angles are incredible. As is saturation. Naturally, the new display not only looks better, but also expands the functionality to some extent. Browsing sites, working with mail, YouTube has become more convenient, and it suits perfectly for videos. As in all previous iPhones, working with the touch screen is intuitive, multitouch works quickly and accurately, I didn’t notice any yellow spots on this sample – it’s kind of like another well-known “bug” of the iPhone 4. Some glue didn’t dry there then.

Yes, the display behaves well in the sun, it fades a little, but the information is readable.

Performance

I compared the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 3Gs in a very simple way – by running different applications. Here is the result:

  • YouTube, devices launch app equally fast, but videos load a second (and sometimes more) faster on iPhone 4
  • AppStore, the same picture, processing uploaded data faster by a second or two on iPhone 4
  • GoogleMaps, here's another story, loading takes much longer on iPhone 4
  • Guerilla Bob game, iPhone 4 runs it twice as fast
  • Mail, I downloaded an email with an attachment (PDF) for testing purposes, loading times are the same

It's true that the iPhone 4 seems to be slightly faster than the iPhone 3Gs, but it's not as much of a gap as it was between 3Gs and plain 3G. In any case, the novelty is productive enough for both games and simple tasks. For example, the keyboard and contacts open really instantly, and the search for the desired subscriber is just as fast.

Speaker and sound

Still, the first impression is deceptive. The new device is not to say that it is much louder than the iPhone 3Gs. Some melodies, especially preset ones (such as my favorite "cricket"), are heard even in hell. But in general, it's not about volume, there is a stereo effect. Like the display, the sound has become richer.

I also tried to check the sound quality in the headphones, I used an Apple headset that was not included in the kit. Included, by the way, is an old woman from the past, a bit uncomfortable, but there is a remote control and volume buttons. Suitable for the countryside. So, WARNING – iPhone 4 is much louder than 3Gs! About fifteen to twenty percent. It's hard to listen at maximum values, the ears curl up. Yes, and the sound quality seemed much better to me, I didn’t play with equalizers, but the detailing came from somewhere. No, it's not an audiophile player, but it's not the age-old iPod either. Better, cooler, louder.

microSIM

I should tell you that you can already find micro SIM cards on sale from some operators, but I solved the problem radically and ended up spending a couple of fun hours. The trouble came from where it was not expected. Previously, I have not been involved in the manufacture of such cards, so I want to tell you in advance – stock up on unnecessary "sim cards" or ask to cut out a seller's card (or look for ready-made solutions on sale).

You will need a regular SIM card, scissors, a ruler, and a scratch paper to adjust the size. Please note that the card must be placed in the slot with the contacts down and the corner cut off on the same side as the large card. Your task is simple: cut the contacts in such a way that only they are visible in the gap of the slot and the amount of plastic up to the sides is the same.

After training on two cards, I managed to achieve the correct result.

And you need all this to activate the device. ALWAYS check if a PIN code is set on the card, if it is activated, this is important. In principle, if you buy an adapter for "microsim", then later you can use it with devices that have a regular slot, this accessory costs a penny and is still popular. For now – because soon, I hope, microSIMs will be sold on every corner.

After activating iPhone 4, you need to connect it to a computer with iTunes installed, select an Apple ID, set it up as a new iPhone, or restore from a backup. I set it up as new, when using MobileMe, all contacts, email accounts, bookmarks, etc. are automatically synced, very convenient.

I'll say right away that my sample was brought from England, it can work with any SIM card. The same devices (“sim-free”) can be bought in France. True, it is rather difficult to do this now, there is a shortage – in Russia there are also many fans of Apple and the iPhone 4 in particular.

Opening hours

You can safely keep silent about the declared figures, since everyone uses the device very differently. After the purchase, one of the owners charged the phone and walked with it, constantly doing something, for about a day.

I think it makes sense to walk around with the iPhone 4 a little, at least for a week, and then update this information. I suppose that the operating time of the device will pleasantly surprise me, there are suspicions that in a more or less calm mode it can last a couple of days. It's just that with 3Gs you can almost see for yourself how the green bar of the charge indicator decreases before your eyes. On the iPhone 4, you don’t need to especially monitor it.

Camera

Five-megapixel camera, digital zoom (unnecessary if you don't want to ruin your shots), focusing on the area where you literally poke your finger. I invite you to take a look at the photos yourself. I shot quickly, I really lack stabilization – it's not good as expected. Although when viewed on the device, the frames look very good. The video is better, but you shouldn't expect anything special – you can download and watch the video yourself.

The result – the camera is far from the best here.

Sample camera shots:

Conclusions

You may ask, why so little? The answer is at the very beginning of the material, a lot has already been said about it in advance. Yes, and I want to stretch the pleasure and treat myself and you with a detailed story about the operation of the iPhone 4 for some time. What did you like. What did not like. How is it in general, and all that.

At the moment, in Russia the market is slowly saturated with free iPhone 4, prices from 95 to 110 thousand rubles, there will be a fall, but then there will be a new rise. For in England and France they cannot cope with the influx of Russian tourists. A bumper on Gorbushka costs from five to ten thousand.

At the moment, in Russia, the market is slowly saturated with iPhone 4 free from being tied to the operator, prices are from 95 to 110 thousand rubles, there will be a fall, but then there will be a new rise. For in England and France they cannot cope with the influx of Russian tourists. A bumper on Gorbushka costs from five to ten thousand.

Should I buy an iPhone 4 in Russia now? Unless one of your friends is flying to Europe and is ready to provide you with such a service. If you want to have an apparatus right here and now, like the head of our country, go ahead, prepare coins.

By the way, the PR turned out great. Happiness for those who sell "gray" goods.

But let's get back to reality from a hundred thousand for an iPhone. Sales in our country may begin in the fall. There may even be subsidies from some operator. The price, quite possibly, will be similar to the "price" of the current 3Gs. Thirty-five thousand for the 32GB variant. In my opinion, even such a price would still be quite nothing. I liked it in iPhone 4:

  • Design, materials, build, feel in the hand are beyond praise
  • Good display
  • The device is fast, just have time to “tap” on the display
  • Good sound quality
  • A huge number of programs for all occasions
  • iOS 4 with multitasking and more
  • Must be great to use FaceTime, I haven't tried it yet
  • Long range Wi-Fi, 802.11n support
  • Thanks to the gyroscope, the control of many games has simply changed. For the better. I deliberately did not focus on this in the review, I did not notice any particular difference with existing games

This is perhaps the main thing. Now for the cons:

  • I did not feel a breakthrough regarding the camera, it's great to look at the pictures on the display of the device. Video is the same situation. But definitely better than before
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, file transfer profiles still not supported
  • No built-in software for working with documents, they could give iWork for free
  • The light sensor sometimes does not work quite correctly
  • For many, the minus is the closeness of the device, the lack of support for common audio and video formats. With audio, okay, let it be, but there is an excellent display and processor. Well, why not give users the opportunity to turn their “avishki” without conversion. No, great again – torrents, iPhone 4 video search, let's go. Tired
  • Short headset included. It is clear that metal and glass are worth something, and you need to make money on accessories. But after all, complete “pills” are terribly inconvenient!

Overall, the iPhone 4 doesn't leave a "we've tried this before, it's great again, it's already boring" flavor. Plastic is not. Brakes – no. It costs more than acceptable in other countries. You can’t even talk about feelings: those who feel the world with their hands will fall in love with the body, speed will cause extremely positive emotions for neurasthenics and cocaine addicts (yes, the phone is on speed, class), big-eyed people will get high from the display. And even the smell, even the great smell of NEW TECHNOLOGY Apple is selected with exceptional taste.